Jacob Tobia

DURHAM, N.C. — Equality North Carolina Foundation is holding its 2015 AdvaNCe Equality Conference on March 21 at Durham Technical College, 1637 E. Lawson St.

The theme embraces issues important to the LGBT community. Goals are training fair-minded advocates on key issues, as well as developing skills for equality advancement in the post-marriage landscape.

Topics for the workshops are: Transgender Visibility, Rights and Justice; Empowering Youth Activism; Winning the Freedom to Work; Cultivating Lived Equality; and Leading a New Era of Pro-Equality Civic, Electoral, and Business Engagement.

Jacob Tobia is the keynote speaker. A Raleigh native and Duke University graduate, Tobia is a writer, advocate and speaker committed to justice for gender non-conforming, genderqueer and transgender people, organizers said.

Tobia has been featured on MTV, as well as The Washington Post, The New York Times and more. They have received awards from such organizations as the Point Foundation Scholarship and the Campus Pride National Voice and Action Award.

As a student at Duke, Tobia served as vice president of equity and outreach for the school’s student government, among a plethora of other activities. Tobia was also a founding member of Equality NC Foundation’s student ambassador program.

Registered conference participants will receive more details in advance of the event.

In other news, Equality North Carolina joined South Carolina Equality and Equality Virginia on Jan. 29 in launching the “Equality Means Business” campaign. The goal of the initiative is to promote and strengthen LGBT-friendly businesses and workplace protections and policies.

info/registration: equalitync.org. conference@equalitync.org. 919-829-0343.

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